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2014 Judge – Ari Costa

2014 Judge – Ari Costa

A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Ari Costa is a talentedwriter/director who started his career working for the Emmy Award winning Russo Brothers (“Arrested Development,” “Community,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). While under their tutelage he directed 2nd unit on “Community,” and wrote and directed the very funny short film “Leader of The Pack,” starring Steven Weber, […]

2014 Workshop/Guest Speaker – Jeffrey Weissman

2014 Workshop/Guest Speaker – Jeffrey Weissman

Jeffrey Weissman’s interest in film began as a child growing up in Hollywood during the 1960’s.  He’d assert himself onto professional location shoots in his neighborhood, and ‘would pick the brains of the working talent.   Weissman began making films in ’74 and hasn’t stopped.  In Jeffrey’s on camera career, he co-stars with top names […]

2014 Guest Speaker – Erin Granat

2014 Guest Speaker – Erin Granat

WHAT’S A HIPPIE IN HEELS? Compelling entertainment attempts to answer what it means to be human–the way we dream, desire, connect with each other, betray each other, love each other, and ultimately break our own hearts. Through varied life experiences, Erin has met the people who inspire her characters–the hopeless and hopefuls she has worked with, the overzealous and […]

2014 Guest Speaker – Machete Bang Bang

2014 Guest Speaker – Machete Bang Bang

Elizabeth Brissenden, also known as Machete Bang Bang, was raised in Hope Valley, CA. More accurately, on the property of Sorensen’s Resort, which is run and owned by her folks John and Patty. Go visit, it’s magical. At eighteen she headed to New York City to study musical theater at AMDA and the New School […]

2014 Judge – John A. Brickley

2014 Judge – John A. Brickley

John A. Brickley Career John A. Brickley is a filmmaker who has worked with filmmakers such as Academy Award Winner and Plame D’Or recipient Francis Ford Coppola, American Zoetrope, as well as on the 2013 Sundance Film Festivals official selection “99%- The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film” nominated for U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at […]

2013 Schedule

PRINT OUT THE ENTIRE PROGRAM!   3.5mb file   FRIDAY, Nov. 1 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm Hors d’ oeuvres No Host Drinks 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm Special Guests and Celebrity Panel 7:30 pm – 8 pm The Sidekick  Directed by Michael J. Weithorn 8 pm – 11 pm Enjoy dancing to music by Sound Extreme   SATURDAY, […]

“The Sidekick” — Screens at 2013 ITSA Gala on November 1st!

“The Sidekick” — Screens at 2013 ITSA Gala on November 1st!

The ITSA Film Festival is honored to be screening (straight from ComicCon in San Diego), the short film “The Sidekick” at it’s Gala event on November 1st at the Historic Sonora Opera Hall. The Sidekick is a short film from director Michael J. Weithorn (The King of Queens, A Little Help, Family Ties) and writer/star […]

Dave & Dianne

Dave & Dianne are official photographers for the ITSA Film Festival! Dave & Dianne Photography is the husband and wife team of Dave Bonnot and Dianne Shannon. Since they met in 1974, they have been photographing their travels throughout the western United States, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy and France. Being very close to Yosemite, it is one […]

2012 Schedule of Events

The 2012 ITSA Film Festival is held at the Historic Sonora Opera Hall in downtown Sonora unless otherwise noted for Workshops. DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE PROGRAM Friday, November 2, 2012 GALA EVENT 6:30 – Hors d’oeuvres by Black Oak Casino and Wine by Hatcher Winery 7:00 – Live entertainment by Emily Kollars of Sacramento 7:20 – Short […]

Shorts to Features, From Many to One

Shorts to Features, From Many to One

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Historic Sonora Inn Banquet Room Workshop 5        2:20pm-3:30pm SHORTS TO FEATURES  – Faith vs. Fate Productions (AT SONORA INN BANQUET ROOM) KEY POINTS: – Building a base of material to test your skills. – Not sacrificing quality for quantity – Team Work: The true art of collaboration […]

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November 7-9, 2014 ALL-ACCESS PASSES are available to purchase in advance. A limited amount are on sale for only $15 each! That's a 50% savings off all three days.

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